Retribution time for Dons

Doncaster's Chris Spurr scored a hat-trick. Picture: Andrew Roe.
Doncaster's Chris Spurr scored a hat-trick. Picture: Andrew Roe.

THE Dons gained sweet relief from memories of a horror show by demolishing Oldham Roughyeds 30-0 in arguably their best performance of the Championship One season.

Boss Tony Miller has repeatedly referred back to the second half of the 46-24 defeat at Oldham six weeks ago as a low point for the campaign.

But he could not hide his delight after his side completed back–to back victories with a brilliant performance at the Keepmoat on Sunday.

Miller said: “It’s the first time this season that we’ve played for the full 80 minutes. We were focused throughout and we could have won by more points.

“We missed a couple more chances to score but overall I’m delighted.

“I thought our defensive line speed today was excellent.

“It is the first time we’ve whitewashed a side since beating Swinton 18-0 at home last season and I thought that we were outstanding defensively.

“We are a fit side, we know that, and we are starting to become a smart side.”

Chris Spurr was the star of the show with a hat trick of tries, scoring once in the first half and then waltzing through a disconsolate Roughyeds defence twice in the closing stages of a one-sided contest.

But Tony Miller and his whole team deserve credit for a thoroughly professional and perfectly executed display.

Scott Spaven broke the deadlock following a period of Dons pressure when he latched onto Craig Robinson’s pass to dive over on 15 minutes, before converting his own try.

Seven minutes later the home side doubled their lead when Spurr reached for the line from a yard out after collecting Spaven’s assist.

Spaven then kicked his second conversion of the game to give Doncaster, who got better as the half wore on, a 12-0 advantage at the break.

Winger Dean Colton went over for the hosts’ third try on 56 minutes and Spaven again added the extras, as Oldham continued to toil against the well-drilled Dons.

And it was left to Spurr to put the icing on the cake when he twice glided through a static Roughyeds defence - allowing Spaven to take his goal tally to five - and give the scoreline a one-sided look.

The Dons have a blank weekend and the squad has been given the week off.

The players will return to training next weekend ahead of the visit to Gateshead Thunder on Sunday, June 19.